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“The writing is brilliant and the acting is superb! THE IRISH CURSE is so well written and acted that feel like you are right there in the moment with these passionate and very accomplished actors. The casting is excellent creating the perfect chemistry among the ‘Cursed’ men. ‘The Irish Curse’ is a theatrical master class!” – Performing Arts LIVE
The California premiere of a new comedy about guys with “one tiny problem.” Size matters to a group of Irish-American men who meet in the basement of a Catholic church and discuss their anatomical shortcomings—an alleged Irish trait they feel has ruined their lives. From its intense language to its honest look at body image, The Irish Curse is a revealing portrait of how men define masculinity.
The California premiere of a new comedy about guys with “one tiny problem.” In this wicked, rollicking, and very funny new play, size matters to a group of Irish-American men who meet weekly in the basement of a Catholic church. The focus of their self-help group? A certain anatomical shortcoming—an alleged Irish trait they all feel has ruined their lives. From its blistering language to its brutally honest look at sex and body image, The Irish Curse is a revealing portrait of how men, and society, define masculinity.
“Some Irish Americans are convinced that the ‘curse’ is a real thing,” explains playwright Martin Casella. “They’ve been brought up that way and taught to believe it—at least in their heads. When I heard about it, I thought, ‘this could be really interesting and even kind of fun—what if there was a support group for this?’ I’ve always believed that the way into a serious subject is through humor.”
“It’s been enormously rewarding to me that the play appeals to women as well as men,” he continues. “Anybody who has something about their body they don’t like can relate. Women have come up to me after the show and said things like, ‘I know just how the guys felt. I have always hated my nose,’ or ‘My breasts are too small,’ or ‘I hate my thighs.’ ”
“There’s a certain amount of guilty pleasure to be had in hearing men open up and talk about themselves and their bodies so intimately,” admits Craig Zehms, who produced The Irish Curse at the NY Fringe Festival in 2005, where it received the Outstanding Playwriting Award, and again in 2010 at Off Broadway’s SoHo Playhouse. “But there’s also a bonding that happens during the play that propels it into something more serious and universal. Audiences come expecting a light comedy and are pleasantly surprised when they find themselves touched by the story and characters.”
The Irish Curse opens on Saturday, July 7 and runs through August 26. Tickets are $25-$30. The Odyssey Theatre is located at 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90025. For reservations and information, call (310) 477-2055 ext. 2 www.OdysseyTheatre.com
Presenter / Producer: Odyssey Theatre
Theater > Theatrical Comedy
Event Phone: 310-477-2055
The Odyssey Theatre
2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90025
LA - Hollywood / Westside
Performance Dates: 7/7/2012 - 9/16/2012
Performances of The Irish Curse continue Fridays and Saturdays @ 8 pm and Sundays @ 2 pm through September 16, except Labor Day Weekend (August 31-Sept. 2) which is dark. There is one remaining weeknight performance, on Thursday, Aug. 23 @ 8 pm.
All tickets are $30. On Thursdays and Fridays only, students with ID are $20 and seniors are $25.
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